Rev. John Blair1

M, b. circa 1720, d. 8 December 1771
     Occupation: Pastor (Presbyterian.) Rev. John Blair was born circa 1720 at Ireland. He was the son of Samuel Blair and Martha Campbell Lyle. Rev. John Blair married Susan Durburrow. Rev. John Blair lived at Fagg's Manor, Chester Co., PA. He died on 8 December 1771 at Wallkill, Orange (now Ulster Co.), NY.
Note: From Early American Presbyterians:

Brother of Rev. Samuel Blair, born in Ireland and educated at Log College at Nashaminy, and licensed by the New Side Presbytery of New Castle at its earliest sessions. He was ordained December 27th, 1742, pastor of Middle Spring, Rocky Spring, and Big Spring in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and gave two-thirds of his time to Big Spring, dividing the remaining between the others. During his ministry here he made two visits to Virginia -- the last in 1746 -- preaching with great power in various places, organizing new congregations, and leaving an enduring impression of his piety and eloquence. The incursions of the Indians led him to resign his pastoral charge, December 28th, 1748. He seems to have remained without a settlement till 1757, when he accepted a call from the church at Fagg's Manor, which had become vacant by the death of his brother. Here he continued not only as pastor of the church, but as head of the school which his brother had established. In this latter capacity he assisted in the preparation of many young men for the ministry. In 1767 he was chosen Professor of Divinity and Moral Philosophy in the College of New Jersey, and was elected President before he was thirty years of age. But soon after his election, intelligence was received from Scotland that Dr. Witherspoon, who had previously declined the position, would, in all probability, if the call were repeated, accept it. As soon as this was known to Mr. Blair, with a modesty and magnanimity worthy of record, he immediately wrote to the President of the Board, declining the office, and accepted a call to Wallkill, in the Highlands of New York, May 19th, 1769. He died there December 8th, 1771.


During the excitement growing out of the question concerning the examination of candidates on their experience of saving grace, one of the Old Side published "Thoughts on the Examination and Trials of Candidates." To this pamplet Mr. Blair published "Animadversions," dated "Fagg's Manor, August 27th, 1766." He also published a reply to Harker's "Appeal to the Christian World," entitled "The Synod of New York and Philadelphia Vindicated." He left behind him a treatise on regeneration, orthodox, and ably written; it was published shortly before his death, with the title, "A Treatise on the Nature, Use, and Subjects of the Sacraments, on Regeneration, and on the nature and Use of the Means of Grace." The preface is dated "Goodwill, alias Wallkill, December 21st, 1770." It was reprinted by Dr. James P. Wilson, in his collection of Sacramental Treatises.

Children of Rev. John Blair and Susan Durburrow

Citations

  1. [S38] DD., LLD. Alfred Nevin, Encylopedia of the Presbyterian Church in America, Enclyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America:
    Including the Northern and Southern Assemblies, Alfred Nevin, D.D., LL.D.,
    Editor, Philadelphia (Presbyterian Encyclopedia Publishing Co., 1884).

Rev. John Durburrow Blair1

M, b. 15 October 1759, d. 10 January 1823
     Rev. John Durburrow Blair was born on 15 October 1759 at Faggs Manor, Chester Co., PA. He was the son of Rev. John Blair and Susan Durburrow. Occupation: Pastor (Presbyterian.)
Note: From The Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America ...:

He was born at Fagg's Manor, Pennsylvania, October 15th, 1759. He was a son of the Rev. John Blair. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in the year 1775. After his graduation he was appointed, on the recommendation of Dr. Witherspoon, Principal of Washington Henry Academy, in Virginia, where he remained for a number of years. October 28th, 1784, he was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Hanover. Soon after this he received a call from the Church in Pole Green, in Hanover, of which the Rev. Samuel Davis had been pastor while in Virginia, and having accepted the call, was ordained to the pastoral office. About 1792 he was induced to remove to Richmond, and open a classical school. At the same time he began to gather a church, holding his services in the Capitol. In due course of time a building was erected for his congregation, on Shockoe Hill, where he officiated during the remainder of his life. He died, January 10th, 1823. Mr. Blair was highly esteemed in the community. He was a man of benevolence, of polished manners, and fitted to adorn any company As a preacher he was solid and orthodox. His style was graceful and polished, and his delivery was in perfect keeping with his style. One of his peculiarities was that he was never willing to marry any one who had not been baptized, and sometimes, when he discovered at the moment when the ceremony was about to be performed that the bride had not received baptism, he would abruptly pause and proceed to administer it.

Rev. John Durburrow Blair died on 10 January 1823 at Richmond, VA, at age 63.

Citations

  1. [S38] DD., LLD. Alfred Nevin, Encylopedia of the Presbyterian Church in America, Enclyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America:
    Including the Northern and Southern Assemblies, Alfred Nevin, D.D., LL.D.,
    Editor, Philadelphia (Presbyterian Encyclopedia Publishing Co., 1884).

John Blair III

M, b. 13 September 1790, d. 22 March 1863
     John Blair III was born on 13 September 1790 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN.1 He married Mary H. Chester on 7 August 1812 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN. John Blair III died on 22 March 1863 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN, at age 72.

Child of John Blair III and Mary H. Chester

Citations

  1. [S1251] 1860 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1277; FHL #805277.

Maranda Blair

F, b. 22 May 1861, d. 3 March 1923
     Maranda Blair was born on 22 May 1861 at Harrison Co., IN. She married William Quebbeman on 10 March 1883 at Harrison Co., IN. Maranda Blair died on 3 March 1923 at Harrison Co., IN, at age 61.

Child of Maranda Blair and William Quebbeman

Margaret Blair1

F
     Margaret Blair married George T. Johns.1

Child of Margaret Blair and George T. Johns

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, p.98.

Margaret Alice Blair

F, b. circa 1905
     Note: Possibly the daughter of William Frank Blair and Bridget "Agnes" Fahey, found in the 1910 and 1920 censuses, Columbus, Ohio. Margaret Alice Blair was born circa 1905 at Ohio.1 She married Serle David DeVault, son of Joseph Gilbert DeVault and Nannie Elvira DePew, on 14 February 1930.

Citations

  1. [S1849] 1930 Federal Census, Stark County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1869-73; FHL #2341603-07.

Margaret Elizabeth Blair

F, b. 1710
     Margaret Elizabeth Blair was born in 1710 at Ireland. She was the daughter of Samuel Blair and Martha Campbell Lyle. Margaret Elizabeth Blair married George Duffield on 5 March 1759 at Pennsylvania.

Margaret Ellen Blair

F
     Margaret Ellen Blair was the daughter of Isaac Blair and Margaret Weeks. Margaret Ellen Blair married Levi Nutter, son of Benjamin Starr Nutter and Margaret Martin, on 8 March 1866 at Poneto, Wells Co., IN.

Children of Margaret Ellen Blair and Levi Nutter

Montgomery Blair

M, b. 10 May 1813
     Montgomery Blair was born on 10 May 1813. He was the son of Francis Preston Blair and Eliza Violet Gist.

Naomi or Nannie Blair

F
     Naomi or Nannie Blair was born. She was the daughter of Judge William Blair.

Rebecca Blair1,2

F, b. 1754, d. 1799
     Rebecca Blair was born in 1754 at Sussex Co., NJ. She was the daughter of Rev. John Blair and Susan Durburrow. Rebecca Blair married Rev. Dr. William Linn, son of William Linn and Susanna Trimble, on 10 January 1774 at Princeton, Mercer Co., NJ. Rebecca Blair died in 1799 at New York City, NY.

Children of Rebecca Blair and Rev. Dr. William Linn

Citations

  1. [S41] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Genealogies: Scotch-Irish and German.
  2. [S20] Joseph Sullivant, A Genealogy and Family Memorial.

Rose J. Blair

F, b. 6 November 1911, d. 21 April 1992
     Rose J. Blair was born on 6 November 1911. She married Geza Ratzenberger. Rose J. Blair died on 21 April 1992 at age 80.

Samuel Blair1

M, b. 14 August 1712, d. 5 July 1751
     Note: From The Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America ...:

He was born in Ireland, June 14th, 1712. He came to America when quite young, and was educated at the Log College at Nashaminy under the Rev. William Tennent. Having completed his classical and theological study, he was licensed to preach, November 9th, 1733, by the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and in the following September accepted a call to Middletown and Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Here he continued about five years, but there are no records remaining to indicate the amount of success that attended his labors. He was called to Cranbury, New Jersey in 1734, but apparently did not accept. In 1739 he received a call to the Church in New Londonderry, otherwise called Fagg's Manor, in Pennsylvania. This call he accepted, and removed to his new residence in November, 1739, but his installation did not take place until April, 1740. Shortly after his settlement at Fagg's Manor he established a classical school, which produced such men as Davies, Rodgers, Cumming, James Finley, Robert Smith and Hugh Henry, "as scholars, preachers, pastors, patriots, in their piety and success," says Webster, "a noble company of goodly fellowship, showing the Church what manner of men the apostles and martyrs were."
In connection with Mr. Blair's ministry at Fagg's Manor, there occurred, in 1740, a very remarkable revival of religion. The number of the awakened increased very fast; scarcely a sermon or a lecture through the whole Summer failed to produce impressions, and many persons afforded very hopeful, satisfying evidence that the Lord had brought them to a true acceptance of Christ.

Mr Blair made a tour of preaching through New England in the Summer of 1744. He was a prominent actor in those scenes which, in his day, agitated and finally divided the Presbyterian Church. He agreed with Gilbert Tennent in his opinions, and cooperated with him in his measures, and, of course, rendered himself obnoxious to the "Old Side" party in the Church. In his doctrinal views he was a thorough Calvinist, as appears from his "Treatise on Predestination and Reprobation."

Mr. Blair's last illness was contracted from his going, upon an urgent call, and in an enfeebled state of body, to meet the Trustees of New Jersey College. As he approached his end, he expressed the strongest desire to depart and be with Christ, and but a minute or two before his departure, he exclaimed, "The Bridegroom is come, and we shall now have all things." The monument over his remains in the burying ground of Fagg's Manor bears the following inscription:--

Here lieth the body of

The Rev. Samuel Blair Who departed this lifeThe Fifth Day of July, 1751, Aged Thirty-nine Years and Twenty-one Days.

In yonder sacred house I spent my breath; Now silent, mouldering, here I lie in death;These lips shall wake, and yet declare A dread Amen to truths they published there.

He was the brother of Rev. John Blair and his sister married Robert Smith, of Fagg's Manor. Robert Smith had two famous educator sons: John Blair Smith and Samuel Stanhope Smith. His daughter married another famous educator, Rev. David Rice, the first Presbyterian minister to settle permanently in Kentucky.

Samuel Blair was born on 14 August 1712 at Ireland. He was the son of Samuel Blair and Martha Campbell Lyle. Samuel Blair died on 5 July 1751 at Fagg's Manor, PA, at age 38.

Child of Samuel Blair

Citations

  1. [S38] DD., LLD. Alfred Nevin, Encylopedia of the Presbyterian Church in America, Enclyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America:
    Including the Northern and Southern Assemblies, Alfred Nevin, D.D., LL.D.,
    Editor, Philadelphia (Presbyterian Encyclopedia Publishing Co., 1884).

Samuel Blair

M, d. 20 March 1754
     Samuel Blair was born at County Antrim, Ireland. He married Martha Campbell Lyle. Samuel Blair died on 20 March 1754.

Children of Samuel Blair and Martha Campbell Lyle

Samuel Blair

M
     Samuel Blair was born. He was the son of Judge William Blair.

Rev. Samuel Blair

M, b. 1741, d. 1818
     Note: From "Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States ..."

He was a son of the Rev. Samuel Blair, of Fagg's Manor, Chester county, Pennsylvania, and nephew of the Revs. John Blair and Robert Smith, and brother-in-law of Rev. David Rice. He was born at that Fagg's Manor in 1741. He graduated at the College of New Jersey with honor, in 1760, at the age of nineteen. He afterwards served as tutor there for about three years--from 1761 to 1764. He was licensed to preach the gospel by the Presbytery of New Castle, in 1764. He was popular as a preacher from his first appearance in the pulpit. His discourses were written out in full, with great care, and his elocution was at once chaste and impressive.

In November, 1766, Mr. Blair was installed pastor of the old South Church in Boston, as a colleague of the Rev. Dr. Sewall. On his way there, after his acceptance of the call, he was shipwrecked in the night, losing his wardrobe and manuscripts, and escaping narrowly with his life. His exposure on this occasion, injured his health and the loss of his sermons, which he had written with great care, depressed his spirits. He resigned his charge October 10, 1769. He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1790. After resigning his charge at Boston, he took up his residence at Germantown, now a part of Philadelphia, where he passed the remainder of his life, in retirement and devotion to his books, except that he served two years as Chaplain of the Continental Congress, and preached at other times, occasionally as opportunity offered. Mr. Blair was a man of polished manners, and a superior scholar, a well-read theologian and an eloquent pulpit orator. He published two sermons, one of which was occasioned by the death of his first cousin, the Rev. Dr. John Blair Smith, Philadelphia, 1799. Rev. Samuel Blair was born in 1741. He was the son of Samuel Blair. Rev. Samuel Blair died in 1818.

Judge William Blair

M, b. 1730, d. 1778
     Judge William Blair was born in 1730 at Ireland or American Colonies. He was the son of Samuel Blair and Martha Campbell Lyle. Judge William Blair died in 1778.
Note: Parents and descendants of William Blair based on the research of Joseph Fox, 2012.

Children of Judge William Blair

(?) Blaisdell

M
     (?) Blaisdell married Elizabeth Ball, daughter of Joseph Ball and Cordelia May Bird, after 4 April 1940.1

Citations

  1. [S4108] 1940 Federal Census, McKean County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 3568.

Abraham Blake1

M, b. circa 1804
     Abraham Blake was born circa 1804 at Virgninia.1 He married Margaret (?).

Child of Abraham Blake and Margaret (?)

Citations

  1. [S324] 1850 Federal Census, Madison County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 158.

Agnes Ann Blake

F, b. circa 1905
     Agnes Ann Blake was born circa 1905 at Madison Co. (probably), IN. She was the daughter of Henry Blake and Ora Mae Keesling.

Albert C. Blake1

M, b. circa 1877
     Albert C. Blake was born circa 1877 at Adams Twp., Madison Co., IN.1 He was the son of Joseph P. Blake and Ruhama Williams.1

Citations

  1. [S320] 1880 Federal Census, Madison County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 0293, FHL #1254293.

Anna E. Blake1

F, b. circa 1854
     Anna E. Blake was born circa 1854 at Illinois.2 She married Alexander McLean Wright.2 Anna E. Blake was buried at Moran Cemetery, Moran, Allen Co., KS.

Child of Anna E. Blake and Alexander McLean Wright

Citations

  1. [S726] 1880 Federal Census, Allen County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, Series T9, Roll 372, FHL # 1254372.
  2. [S1785] Microfilm Image, Marmaton Twp., p.14, line 8, 1895 State Census, Allen County, Kansas, from Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (online at ancestry.com).

Dr. Benjamin F. Blake1

M, b. November 1855
     Dr. Benjamin F. Blake was born in November 1855 at West Virginia.1 He married Armina V. Munsinger, daughter of Joseph Munsinger and Martha E. Stang, circa 1885, No children as of 1900 census.1

Citations

  1. [S1172] 1900 Federal Census, Kings County, New York. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 1043-1069; FHL #1241043-69.

Cophine Audrie Blake

F, b. circa 1904
     Cophine Audrie Blake was born circa 1904 at Madison Co. (probably), IN. She was the daughter of Henry Blake and Ora Mae Keesling.

Dellie M. Blake1

F, b. February 1888
     Dellie M. Blake was born in February 1888 at Madison Co. (probably), IN.1 She was the daughter of Henry Blake.1

Citations

  1. [S323] 1900 Federal Census, Madison County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 385; FHL #1240385.

Eleanor Blake1

F, b. circa 1916
     Eleanor Blake was born circa 1916 at Madison Co., IN.1 She was the daughter of Harry Blake and Della Thelma Markle.1

Citations

  1. [S1851] 1920 Federal Census, Madison County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 448.

Ellen M. Blake

F, b. circa 1902
     Ellen M. Blake was born circa 1902 at Madison Co. (probably), IN. She was the daughter of Henry Blake and Ora Mae Keesling.

Ellsworth L. Blake

M, b. 1889
     Ellsworth L. Blake was born in 1889 at Jackson Co., OH. He married Pearl M. Vance on 1 January 1911.

Child of Ellsworth L. Blake and Pearl M. Vance

Emma Blake1

F, b. circa 1904
     Emma Blake was born circa 1904 at Madison Co., IN.1 She was the daughter of Harry Blake and Della Thelma Markle.1

Citations

  1. [S1851] 1920 Federal Census, Madison County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 448.

Florence Blake1

F, b. March 1884, d. 1918
     Florence Blake was born in March 1884 at Madison Co. (probably), IN.1 She was the daughter of Ralph Blake and Emma R. Brandenberg.1 Florence Blake married Howard A. Hodson, son of William W. Hodson and Elizabeth Rachael Windell, on 11 February 1907 at Madison Co., IN. Florence Blake died in 1918. She was buried in 1918 at Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, Henry Co., IN.

Child of Florence Blake and Howard A. Hodson

Citations

  1. [S323] 1900 Federal Census, Madison County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 385; FHL #1240385.
  2. [S1851] 1920 Federal Census, Madison County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 448.